A quiet Saturday morning in Central Park turned dangerous when police say a man dressed in black randomly assaulted a stranger just sitting on a bench minding his own business.
The victim, a 34-year-old man, was sucker punched in the latest case of random violence against innocent New Yorkers, according to investigators.
The unprovoked violence happened in Central Park just after 9:45 am, near Center Drive and 62nd Street, according to police. Detectives say the seated victim was approached by the suspect, who socked him in the face then ran away.
While crime is up just 17% in Central Park this year, felony assaults in the park have spiked 150%, with ten reported attacks within Central park so far in 2022, compared with just four attacks in the same time period last year.
Robberies in the park remained flat year-to-year with eleven reported each year.
Police say the victim in Saturday’s attack refused medical attention and their investigation is ongoing.